or flat-top


noun Informal.

an aircraft carrier.
a type of crew cut in which the hair is cropped in a flat plane across the top.

Origin of flattop

First recorded in 1940–45; flat1 + top1
Related formsflat-topped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for flat-top

Historical Examples of flat-top

  • They worked desperately, and from time to time I caught sight of Flat-top.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills

  • Flat-top was the name I gave him because of his straight back.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills

  • Flat-top,” my beaver neighbor, was a pioneer and a colony-founder.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills

  • You see that flat-top mountain—the first mountain in the northwest?

    The Pike's Peak Rush

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • The room contained a safe, a flat-top desk and a few chairs.

    The Main Chance

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for flat-top



US an informal name for aircraft carrier
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Word Origin and History for flat-top

"aircraft carrier," 1943, U.S. Navy, from flat (adj.) + top (n.). As a style of haircut, from 1956.

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